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David Chadwick (1945-)

dchad = David Reich Chadwick, often signed DC or dc

Buddhist name: 機山禅雄 Kisan Zenyū

 



David Chadwick (born 1945) is a Soto Zen priest and author in the lineage of the late Shunryu Suzuki-roshi. He began his Zen practice in 1966 at the San Francisco Zen Center and was ordained a priest in 1971, the year before Suzuki-roshi passed.
http://www.cuke.com/pdf-2013/d/ordination-ceremony.pdf He continued his training with Zentatsu Richard Baker and assisted in helping the Zen Center develop its many business ventures and practice site startups. He is the author of the Suzuki-roshi's authoritative biography and other works.

On a  summer day in 1966, at the age of 21, I decided to check out one last meditation group before heading to India to seek a guru. I rang the bell of San Francisco Zen Center's temple on Bush Street and soon forgot my plans for India. I marvel now at how fortunate I was to have walked through that doorway, met Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and all the inspiring fellow students, friends, and teachers in the times that followed.
Two decades after Suzuki's death, I started to collect and organize the stories and lectures from which was born Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki. Twenty years since then, this effort continues - adding to and working with the archive of his life and teaching, collecting the memories of those who knew him and of that unique and amazing time.
http://cuke.com/donate/cca-appeal-pzi.htm

http://www.cuke.com/dchad/writ/misc/dchad.html

 


Present! - Zen Failure (28'50")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyp4pxbTkqo

 

Works

"Thank You and OK!: An American Zen Failure in Japan"
Shambhala Publications (2007).
Originally Penguin Arkana (1994).
http://www.cuke.com/ty&ok/ty-home.html

the whole book going here chapter by chapter

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

1 COMING
AWAKE IN THE DARK  
SULPHUR IN THE AIR
RIDES TO HOGOJI
GANGBUSTER ZEN
TITLES OF RESPECT
SOUNDS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
MEETING OLD FRIENDS
INTRODUCTIONS
OWL AND DREAMS

2 SETTLING
ON A SLOW TRAIN HOME
KOBASHI TO THE RESCUE
OLD SCROLLS, NEW MATCHES
JENGLISH AND ENGLESE
LAUNCH AND LUNCH
TEA TIME
JAKUSHIN ON THE BOTTOM
MARITAL BOWS
UNDER THE BEAMS
ORYOKI THE TRUE WAY
REMEDIAL BREATHING
BEANING THE SPIRITS
CREEPIN’ MUKADE
KOJI, BOUND BY DUTY

3 WALKING
TAKUHATSU, “TO ENTRUST THE BOWL”
LEARNING THE BUREAUCRACY
MOTHER'S DAY CARD
KOBASHI BLOWS IT
TAIZEN SMOOTHS IT OUT
A LETTER & A TABLE
A WALK WITH FATHER SAM
HUSBANDS AND WIVES
LION AND ROCKS
KATAGIRI
READING IN THE RAIN
SMOKE IN THE KITCHEN

4 LIVING
AT ISHITAKI’S
THE FOURTH GRAPE
A STITCH IN SPACE
LECTURE PREP
KNOCKIN' 'EM DEAD
IT’S THE ENVIRONMENT, STUPA
THE GOOD WITCH
DOUBTING THE SUN'S SON
MOO IF YA LOVE BUDDHA
BURYING GARBAGE
THE NINJA AND THE CLOCK
THE BODHISATTVA'S VOW
SAVING THE SALAMANDER
MR. TEN SQUARE FEET
SHUKO TELLS ALL
OUR DUST RUNNETH OVER

5 LOOKING
DRIVING ME CRAZY
READING PALMS
DUELING SUTRAS
JUST ME AND MY BROOM
ELECTION RESULTS
CLEANING GENE
NORMAN GETS HIS WAY
GANGSTERS IN TH'MIDST

6 DANCING
PREPARATION FOR HOYO
ATTRACTING CROWDS OF DERISION
SERGEANT IN ROBES
INCIPIENT FRUIT OF LABOR
GOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH
THE HEARTLESS SUTRA
PERIOD THEATER
ADDRESSING WOMEN
CUT THE MOZO
GOODBYE TO KATAGIRI
LSD NO, WHALE MEAT YES

7 GOING
EDDIE DUCHIN IN THE POST OFFICE
PRISONER OF PEACE
A CHAT WITH KOJI
THE TYRANT OF NARA
A VISIT AND A CALL
WE REMEMBER KATAGIRI
GETTING WET TOGETHER
A FINAL SURPRISE
WORSHIP IN THE RUINS
VITAL ENERGY
BIRTHDAY BOY
I'M OFF

8 GONE BEYOND
ASHES TO DUST
TRAIN REFLECTIONS
A LETTER FROM NORMAN

EPILOGUE
BUILDING A FUMIDAI
ONE DROP

GLOSSARY
More on the author

 


Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki.
Broadway Books. (1999).
http://www.cuke.com/Crooked%20Cucumber/crooked%20cucumber%20main%20page.html

http://www.cuke.com/Crooked Cucumber/notes-on-cc/notes-on-crooked-cucumber.htm

 



Zen Is Right Here: Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki,
Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

Shambhala Publications (2007).
http://www.shambhala.com/zen-is-right-here.html
Originally "To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shunryu Suzuki." (2001) Broadway Books.
http://www.cuke.com/ZIRH/ZIRH.html

 

Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at Forty
- annotated un-cut version
Afterword by
David Chadwick
http://www.cuke.com/zmbm/zmbm_at_40.html

 

Some other not so Zen works:
To Find the Girl from Perth (2008)
Color Dreams for To Find the Girl from Perth (2009)

 


Calligraphy by 鈴木 (祥岳) 俊隆 Suzuki (Shōgaku) Shunryū (1904-1971)
Back side of David Chadwick lay rakusu with kanji written by Suzuki received at the lay ordination at San Francisco Zen Center, 一九七〇年八月廿五日 August 25, 1970 for a number of people - like 20 or more.
Reading from the right is the robe chant (see below), the last line is the Dharma name for DC - 機山 禅雄 居士 Kisan Zenyū koji (lay person), penultimate line: 禅心寺 Zenshinji (Japanese name for Tassajara) 俊隆 Shunryū 叟 sō (old man).

搭袈裟偈

大哉解脱服
無相福田衣
披奉如来教
廣 度諸衆生

Takkesa ge

Dai sai gedap-puku
musō fuku den e
hi bu nyorai kyo
ko do shoshu jo.

Robe Chant

Vast is the robe of liberation
Field far beyond form and emptiness
Wearing the Tathagata's teaching
Saving all beings

 

 

Links

http://cuke.com/dchad/index.htm
http://www.cuke.com/dchad/writ/misc/dchad.html
http://www.cuke.com/dchad-writ/dc-writings-index.html#gsc.tab=0

DC Zen sites:
cuke.com
shunryusuzuki.com (all of his extant lecture transcripts and audio, video, with photos to come)
zmbm.net (a site for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind)

Other DC websites:
cuke-annex.com - try to get most the non Zen stuff here like the site below:
defusermusic.com - Site for music written and performed by dc